Rapper Bow Wow has slammed reports he is involved in a hip-hop battle with R+B singer Omarion - after allegations of an ongoing dispute made their way onto the Internet.
Bow Wow's lyrics in his hit song Lookin' Boy openly mock Omarion - prompting bloggers to launch speculation the pair's friendship has dissolved.
But the Bow Wow - real name Shad Gregory Moss - insists the lyrics should not be taken seriously.
He says, "It just shows you how uptight people are about certain things. The song is a joke record... People always hate on me, but they're always in tune to what I'm doing. In a way, I get the last laugh.
"O (Omarion) is my homeboy, and I even joke with O about how tight he wears his jeans. He knows how tight his jeans are. That's my homeboy. Everybody knows how tight Omarion wears his pants. It's not a secret. So why is everybody jumping on me? It's a fact. Plus, it's a joke. So why wouldn't I joke on my homeboy?"
Bow Wow and Omarion famously collaborated for their 2007 joint release Face Off.